Computer Requirements and Software
Whether you choose a Mac or a PC*, one of the most important things to prioritize is RAM CPU (More cores, more power). RAM enhances your computer’s ability to multitask, an important function as you learn to use a variety of architecture and creative software. Number of CPU Cores increases the speed of computing complex renderings or analysis.
The School of Architecture recommends a laptop with the following:
Minimum 4-core Intel i7 Processor; Purchase Intel i9 or Xeon if possible
16-32 GB of RAM
1 TB GB Solid State Drive for OS and applications
2TB Hardrive for data and storage
15” Display with a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080
*Please note: Some of the rendering software (including Revit and Rhino), that students will use for their studio work, will only work with Windows. Students who choose to purchase a MacBook Pro, will need to download Windows as well, and use Boot Camp to run those programs.
An external mouse
A 64 GB USB flash drive
A 21” or larger external monitor is helpful but not required.
An external hard drive or cloud storage for backing up your computer is also strongly recommended. (Northeastern provides free access to Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive)
An extended manufacturer’s warranty or other service arrangement is highly recommended. You are responsible for maintaining your own computer.
If you have questions regarding computers/software, please contact the Northeastern University help desk at 617.373.HELP.
The School of Architecture is committed to using software that is widely used in the architecture industry, and available for student use. The Adobe Creative Cloud suite allows students to manipulate graphics, transform images and prepare projects for presentations. Please purchase the most current versions of the following software programs by the first day of class:
Adobe Creative Cloud Student Edition
You can subscribe to Creative Cloud directly from Adobe: https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html
Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture
Autodesk provides free access to most of their software for educational use: https://www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/featured
(update July 2020)